– Priority to investments that reduce energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions
– Well, but we’ve already done that.
– Isolate ,
– Well, but we’re already busy with that. As far as I’m concerned there could be more momentum, but the energy crisis is lending a hand now. As far as I’m concerned, it should be mandatory for realtors to bring all homes up to at least an energy label, ex: All rental homes must have a minimum energy C label by 2030. If you have a home for sale, You’ll have to figure it out for yourself, but as far as I’m concerned, there should also be a law against selling homes with an energy rating below C.
– recycling (mining the land you fill),
– Nice, but the part (especially the plastic) is not recyclable at all. An alternative to plastic must be found quickly, as it is ideal as a packaging material and in fact there is no substitute for many applications. Have you ever drank from a paper straw? It doesn’t work, after 3 sips the straw is weak and really needs a new one.
– stop the waste (the lights are turned off in the offices at night, the shop doors are closed, there is no heating in the yard)
– It seems to me that turning off the lights in offices goes without saying, but are there really any offices where the lights are on all night? In all the offices I’ve worked in over the past 15 years, the lights have always been out at the end of the workday. Closing the doors of the shop does not make much sense, the heating is designed so that the heat is largely kept inside. If the store has a lot of traffic, it can have a negative impact. I always find patio heating difficult, and there’s a reason there’s a market for this. It feels like a death sentence for the hospitality industry which has already taken a massive hit during the time of corona. While I can’t deny that it drains energy, it may not be appropriate to do so now. Moreover, of course heating a patio is not a waste, it is a beneficial use of energy.
Less car traffic, good public transport systems
– Public transport is nice, but only into Randstad, if you live near a station and need to be close to a station. I live in the east of the country, public transit is not an option for 99% of what I do. Once truly self-driving cars become available, I think we will slowly move to autonomous ‘taxi’, while public transit (certainly outside Randstad) will play less and less of a role. I also think that public transportation is very expensive, and it’s usually cheaper to drive somewhere with a modern car than to make the same trip using public transportation, even on its own. When will this be resolved? Maybe I’ll take the train more often, but honestly: I like the car much better.
Air traffic is also reduced by noise
Air traffic restriction? and then? People won’t really travel that much because we allow fewer flights in the Netherlands then everyone else travels through Belgium and Germany (plus all the extra emissions to get to those airports). I never get why people see this as a solution, it’s symptom control with the opposite effect. If you really want to achieve something, look for real alternatives: international trains that are faster and cheaper than a plane, preferably without customs / check-in (within Europe). On trains that cross the border, prices vary greatly, from tens of euros to hundreds of euros, depending only on when the ticket was purchased. As long as the population increases, the number of travelers will also increase, and eliminating travel options will not guarantee that people will not want to travel.
Shipping by train and ship
– We already do that, right? Until the port/airport of course, because then the truck takes over. I don’t see how anything about this can be changed without digging giant channels.
– Building with a bio-based foundation (wood, etc.)
– If done right, it can be done, but houses made of stone are more durable in that they can stand longer. If demolished, concrete can also be used to build new homes. In America, everyone builds with wood, which means they suffer more from fire and homes last much less. The quality of the homes is also much worse. Concrete is especially a problem the first time around, and it’s a problem now because the population is growing so fast (hence we need more homes).
Fertilizer factory stopped
– Then continue without composting? I think it would be better to invest in technologies that require less fertilizer to achieve the same result. By the way, they really exist, now there are sprayers that only spray good plants and remove weeds at the same time. It would be a shame if we started producing less food per square metre, we already have shortages all over the world.
– Raise the water level in the peat area
– I also never understood why this is so low. Or rather, I know it’s over to let heavy agricultural machinery walk the earth, but why does the rest of Holland suffer from this? Then use lighter machines or wider tires.
– Stop interest (17.5 billion euros) excavation industry
– Well, but we are still dependent on this industry for the time being. As far as I am concerned, profits in this industry can also be slightly reduced, but removing benefits is likely to mainly lead to higher prices for consumers. Inflation is high enough for me now.
– I really don’t see anything in this. There should be a national commitment to waste segregation at the waste processor. People are not good at it, machines have much better results and it’s getting cheaper and cheaper. In my city, a conscious decision was made last year not to go for automatic segregation, arguing that they wanted to make people more aware of waste. What nonsense, as if after 20 years it would still be necessary. No matter how self-conscious you are, when you go shopping you have waste. In fact, I am paying extra tax now. I live on my own, and it will cost more this year than last year if I throw out more than one bag of trash (in the whole of 2023).
I’ve said it before, but there should be an alternative to plastic soon. There should also be an initiative from the government to reduce plastic waste from the supermarket. Why, for example, is pasta and rice still (mostly) in plastic? This is fine in a cardboard box, a number of brands already do this. The supermarkets will eventually come up with this themselves, but a little coordination and stimulus from the government can’t really hurt.